noun, often attributive
stand·​out | \ ˈstand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce standout (audio) \

Definition of standout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that is prominent or conspicuous especially because of excellence

stand out

stood out; standing out; stands out

Definition of stand out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to appear as if in relief : project
b : to be prominent or conspicuous stands out from the crowd
2 : to steer away from shore
3 : to be stubborn in resolution or resistance

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Examples of standout in a Sentence

Noun She is a standout among the available candidates. All the cameras we tested were good, but there was no real standout. Verb the relief figures stand out from the wall quite strikingly
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Former Auburn standout Devaroe Lawrence also was on the NFL transaction report on Saturday. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Cincinnati Bengals waive offensive tackle Andre Smith," 30 Nov. 2019 Next year the former Nicolet standout will be on the move again, this time to the nation's capital. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Basketball hall of famer Patrick Ewing gets commitment from former Nicolet standout Jamari Sibley," 30 Nov. 2019 The individual standouts were Cranbrook junior Justine Murdock and Battle Creek Harper Creek senior Alysa Wager. Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "East Grand Rapids girls swimming wins another state title, but miss head coach," 23 Nov. 2019 Marcus Bell, Eagar Round Valley The former Arizona Wildcats standout was a linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks from 2000-02 and Houston Texans in 2004. Dana Scott, azcentral, "How former NFL players coaching Arizona high school football fared this season," 19 Nov. 2019 The lone standout from the dropping statistics is for containers covered by Oregon’s bottle bill, which increased the deposit for those containers from 5 cents to 10 cents in 2017. oregonlive, "Oregonians are recycling less while generating more waste, report says," 14 Nov. 2019 One of training camp’s standouts was a rotation player until Bradley Chubb tore his ACL in Week 4. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos at the bye: Defensive rankings high, but improved pass-rush, takeaways needed," 11 Nov. 2019 The clear standouts are Mrs. Coulter's golden snub-nosed monkey daemon and Lee's giant rabbit daemon, voiced by Cristela Alonzo. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'His Dark Materials': TV Review," 1 Nov. 2019 The former UConn standout, first-round WNBA draft pick, and 2019 All-Star is one of Canada’s most successful basketball players. Alexa Philippou,, "Getting to know recent UConn women’s basketball commit Aaliyah Edwards, a Candace Parker-esque Canadian prospect," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of standout


1928, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Cite this Entry

“Standout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of standout

US : a person or thing that is better or more important than the others in a group

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